Loaves and Fishes Sign Design

For my final project in my 3D design class, I had to create a sign for a business (real or fictional) and use simple materials like foam and insulation board to mimic authentic materials like wood and metal.

I wanted to make a biblical themed restaurant that one would expect to see in a faith-based amusement park, and thought “Loaves and Fishes” could be a clever name for a meal stop. It was also a tribute to the new biblical tv show, The Chosen, produced by Dallas Jenkins, which I had been thoroughly invested in during the semester.

I based the original typeface closely after the Orlando Holy Land Experience logo, combined with elements from free Arabic fonts online.

The sign was made primarily of pink, half-inch insulation board cut and painted to look like a cartoonish piece of wood to fit the amusement park vibes I was going for. Check out this tutorial I followed to get the same effect. The letters were also insulation board cut with a laser cutter and spray-painted with textured bleached stone paint. I thought it looked slightly like bread (to help with the name, Loaves and Fishes).

The fish and paint colors were inspired by The Chosen‘s title screen graphics and made with laser-cut foam board, and the lantern is a combination of foam board, tracing paper, twine, and a battery-powered candle.

I got a B+ on this project.
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Lincoln Log Full Campaign

I took a web design class for grad school, and we had to create an entire website, logo, web banner ads, landing page, social media, blog, and full campaign for a fictional company of our choice. Below is my entire campaign and write ups on my design decisions (as well as some Easter eggs I slipped into the project). I ended this class with an A.

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Dyslexia Ambigram Design

After seven weeks and over $100 of supplies, I created this interactive, spinning poster that raises awareness for the “cool” side of dyslexia. As an ambigram, rightside up it reads correctly, but upside down in reads phonetically: “disleksia.” I wanted to do it in a graffiti style because its “creative chaos” feel is what we dyslexics go through sometimes, and I wanted to express it visually for those who don’t understand the experience.

The board circle spins on a lazy Susan and changes colors, misspells, and the letters and paint are even at different heights to create a constantly changing, moving piece. Each piece was made of spray-painted foam core cut out by hand and by laser. The entire poster stands at 30″ by 30″ and was submitted as a midterm grade for my masters of graphic design degree.

If you’re interested in how dyslexia works and how it affects people’s reading, spelling, and creativity, check out my essay about the dyslexic superpower or watch my short infographic animation.

I got an A- on this project.

US Currency Redesign

For my graphic design class in grad school, I had to redesign several bills of currency. I chose the US currency (‘cuz MURICA), and I wanted to do something that was both creative yet realistic. Because let’s be fair: if the US completely overhauled their green bills for something totally different, people would flip (remember when the $5 bill was changed to include purple colors).

It also happens to be 2019, which is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing (and the limited edition Oreos that commemorated the event were “stuf” of legend). To do my own commemoration, I wanted to do a “limited edition currency” that I could imagine America issuing for a special year: something obviously different, yet not radically unfamiliar.

I used micro-extended bold as my primary typeface, since it was a favorite font of NASA back in the sixties during the moon landing (it also happens to be my college’s typeface for all their branding, interestingly enough). As far as paper goes, I printed each bill on a glossy silver paper from Hobby Lobby to give it an official currency feel (as well as a sheen that screams SPACE).

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Rivera Ardis Character Design

In my Advanced Digital Graphics class, we had to break out of our graphic design comfort zones and focus more on creating our own graphics to amplify our skillsets. One of our projects required us to do a character design or portrait, so I decided to draw my main character from my novel.

While it’s not particularly my favorite digital painting ever, it taught me a lot about warm light and cool shadows, perspective, and drawing a character within a setting (something I’m pretty terrible at), so this was a really enjoyable project.

I got a B+ on this project.

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The Book of Esther Redesign with Commentary

For class we were tasked with redesigning a short book of the Bible. One of our options was Esther, and even though I wasn’t particularly a fan of that story, I knew there was a lot of interesting history there. I decided to not only redesign the book like the class required, but I also wanted to make it a historical and biblical commentary. My dad and I worked together to sift through the historical references–Dad came up with a timeline based off of James Ussher’s Annals of History while I read Josephus.

Below is the cover jacket design and some of the spreads in the book. I’ve also included the introduction to read below the designs, in case you want to know more about what went into the in-depth project.

If you’d like to purchase the book, you can find it here.

I got an A- on this project.

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“O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” Vector

For one of my graphic design classes, I had to create a vector, nature-based painting. I wanted it to be distinctly American as well as have a slight double meaning when looked at closer. The scene is based off the song “America the Beautiful” and attempts to illustrate each landscape description mentioned in the song.

Upon closer look, one can see the American flag hidden within the scene: the fruited plains/amber waves of grain are in rows like stripes, and the snow on the mountains have a slight resemblance of stars.

I got an A- on this project.


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The Mandala Blog: Assateague Island

After graduation, my friends and I took a quick camping trip to Assateague Island. Afterward, I had the chance to guest write about the experience for the Mandala Blog. If you’re interested, take a look:


One of the first things I did when I graduated college was hit the beach. And not just any beach: Empty stretches of sand and a rising sun over the ocean’s horizon, where you’re isolated alone on an island seemingly in the middle of nowhere—and are those wild horses?

Assateague Island, a 48,000 acre vacation oasis, is shared between Virginia and Maryland, and is relatively untouched by human civilization. The secluded nature and wild island horses feels like a scene straight from your collection of Walter Farley Black Stallion books you had as a kid.

To Read More, Click Here To Visit the Mandala Blog.

Let Your Fire Die

As a post-college graduation indulgence, and as a way to prove to nature that we were competent adults worthy to take on the world, I and two of my friends from high school ventured through the countries of Maryland to Assateague Island National Seashore.

Only Veronica had been camping before, but while she supplied the tent, cooking utensils, lantern, and fire starters, even she admitted to Rebecca and I that she’d never camped at Assateague before and that she was more familiar with camping in the woods than by the ocean.

But not to fear; we were college graduates. We were adults.


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The Editing Process for PCC’s Fountains Publication

PrintEvery year, the Copy Editing II class works hard to produce PCC’s annual literary publication, Fountains. This year, I had the fantastic opportunity to be one of two Senior Editors, and it wasn’t until this year did I realize the awesome process of creating such an incredible product.

This year’s 30th edition bears the theme of “diving deeper” into the experiences of life. With stories of all kinds, Fountains really reflects the culture of our school from year to year, and it was a wonderful project to work on.

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